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51 chronicles what happens after political pressure from the American public forces the Air Force to provide a few well-known reporters with limited access to the most secretive base on the... See full summary »
Obsessed with breaking into the U.S. Air Force highly classified facility known only as Area 51, three young friends and zealous conspiracy theorists--Reid, Darrin and Ben--travel to Las Vegas. Equipped with state-of-the-art gear, they team up with Jelena, the daughter of the secret installation's former employee, and summon up the courage to sneak into the facility, intent on unearthing its otherworldly mysteries. There, in the bowels of the heavily guarded compound, terrifying truths and unfathomable knowledge await, and only the audacious UFO investigators' raw footage can prove their existence. However, can they make it back in one piece to share it with the world?Written by
The Las Vegas TV reporter George Knapp has an uncredited appearance in the beginning of the film. Knapp became known nationally in the late 1980s by reporting the story of Bob Lazar, who claimed to have worked on extraterrestrial UFOs at the secretive Area 51, S4 section. See more »
When the undercover agent approaches them claiming to be a tourist, there is a chest-level "GoPro" shot with all three men in the frame, and no fourth man to film it. See more »
I love scary movies, and I really love "scary" movies-- from Blair Witch to Paranormal Activity, I've always been a huge fan of shaky cameras and found footage. Ghosts and aliens scare me, and classic terror tropes work wonders on me! Things jumping out from behind other things and unexpected screams are my idea of a fun movie night.
If you are looking for a scary movie with aliens as the focus, I would recommend picking up Dark Skies, or John Carpenter's The Thing... but not Area 51, because this is a terrible film. I put it on expecting to be shock-scared, or at least creeped out... but all I got was progressively more and more annoyed.
The first half of the film does absolutely nothing but establish that the viewer should lack empathy for the main characters-- they are vapid young men who enjoy drinking, planning ineffectively, and disrespecting professional entertainers.
The second half of the film is meant to heighten the viewer's anxiety and presumably scare us, but it falls disappointingly short in that respect. Instead it devolves into lots of running and flailing, lots of awful camera work, and terrible physical acting. When the end finally comes, it's more a relief than anything else.
The only positive thing I have to say about this movie is that the main characters' treatment of their female colleague was basically respectful, which is more than what I can say for most movies that are structured in the "x number of guys + 1 girl" model. Nobody grabs her breasts or calls her disgusting names or belittles her intelligence based on her gender. That's awesome.
The rest of the film? Really not so much.
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